2022 Holiday Scams To Watch Out For

Watch Out For These New 2022 Holiday Scams This YearTis’ the season for 2022 holiday scams to watch out for as you are shopping at your local store or online. Avoid these fraudsters!

Scammers know how easily they can trick you into giving them personal information during this time of the holiday season, so we want to share some tips for avoiding becoming one of their victims.

The post office has been experiencing increased package deliveries as we approach the holidays. So if you get a text message that says something about package delivery, you might be tempted to click on a link or open an email attachment.

Suspicious emails are the biggest takeaway you can learn from. But, unfortunately, you have to go into “trust no one” mode when it comes to your email.

Even though the sender isn’t in your contacts and the email looks suspicious, some people almost click through because they are so focused on the fact there might be a spelling mistake in my delivery address. However, once you look at the email a bit closer, there are some warning signs in this email that tip you off to it being spam.

Be wary when email links do not take you to the correct site. You may think an email with a link to change your address is legitimate, but it’s just a phishing attempt.

Phishers send emails with links they know you’ll click because they hope you’ll give them personal information. Unfortunately, they can also try to trick you into giving them access to your account, which is why we recommend changing your password after receiving these emails. (See our helpful tool to pick a strong password, located to your right on a desktop or at the bottom on mobile devices.)

Scammers send emails, text messages, or sometimes even phone calls requesting sensitive personal info or payment details. For example, they might ask for your name, address, social security number, bank account numbers, etc.

Watch Out For These New 2022 Holiday Scams This Year

Gift Card Requests

Scams involving gift card purchases are another popular way to steal from people. Still, they’re especially prevalent during the holiday when you might purchase gift certificates for friends or family members.

If you buy something from someone who has stolen their credit card, then sending them a physical card might be better than a digital one. However, buying things online is probably not the best option if you want to avoid giving out your details to strangers.

If you’re giving someone a gift certificate and going to buy it for them in person, double-make sure that there isn’t anything suspicious on the wrapping paper. Scam artists may use wrapping paper to make it look like the package has been opened, but they will have already used the gift certificate by then.

Package Delivery Scams

If you expect a parcel from someone and you’re wondering whether they sent you a simple message, the best thing to do is to go to the news initially sent to confirm your shipment. You probably got an email, and if you go there to see your tracking number, you should be able to look up your delivery status directly on any online store.

Fake Charities

Unfortunately, these types of scams aren’t new. However, they are more prevalent during the holiday seasons because scam artists hope you feel more generous than usual during this time of year.

Scam artists may use fake identities to trick people into donating money or contact you through social media, posing as someone from an actual charity.

These schemes will use emotional appeals to get you to give them your hard-earned cash, so be careful not to give in to them. Don’t ever hand over your money to someone who comes up to you or reaches out on their behalf—instead, research by searching online or asking a friend for advice.

If it seems legit, you can always mention this to people who ask you to donate something. Double-checking organizations’ names is essential because sometimes scammed people will slightly change the name of a well-known nonprofit to trick donors.

Random Social Media Gift Exchanges

A social media gift-exchanging scheme involves people exchanging gifts for likes. The Better Business Bureau warns against participating in a social network-based Secret Santa/gifting event because they’re not legitimate. You may end up disappointed if you join one.

Randomly selecting people to give gifts to has become popular recently, but there’s no way to be sure who gets what and when. To avoid these types of scams, be careful when using social media platforms. For example, you shouldn’t exchange Christmas presents with strangers because you might not get anything back.

It’s a busy season for everyone. You might be planning your meals for holidays or travels, and you’re probably thinking about buying presents for friends and family members. So that means you have to stay alert to these 2022 Holiday Scams and not get taken advantage of.

2022 Holiday Scams To Watch Out For
Watch Out For These New 2022 Holiday Scams This Year
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